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The 21st century is commonly referred to as the 'Pacific Century.' For such a prediction to materialize, the economies of the Asia-Pacific must lead the globe. What challenges will the region face? What nations stand to benefit most? The Diplomat's economics and business blog, Pacific Money, will try to tackle these questions and more.

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Digital Growth and Financial Inclusion in Southeast Asia
May 21, 2021

Digital Growth and Financial Inclusion in Southeast Asia

By Karen Lee and Diego Lingad
The transformation of Southeast Asian ride-share apps into "superapps" is set to bring a host of challenges.
Myanmar’s Unfolding Banking Crisis
May 20, 2021

Myanmar’s Unfolding Banking Crisis

By Arul Kurian
The banking crisis has been the most striking illustration of the economic challenges facing the military junta.

China’s Tightening of IPO Regulations Could Push More Companies Toward Overseas Listings
May 19, 2021

China’s Tightening of IPO Regulations Could Push More Companies Toward Overseas Listings

By Dmytro Spilka
Even as China’s IPO market booms, more and more firms are looking overseas – especially to the U.S.

Why Singapore Press Holdings is Restructuring
May 18, 2021

Why Singapore Press Holdings is Restructuring

By James Guild
The government is seeking to insulate Singapore's media further from the pressures of the free market.

COVID-19 Set to Burst Singapore-Hong Kong Travel Bubble – Again
May 17, 2021

COVID-19 Set to Burst Singapore-Hong Kong Travel Bubble – Again

By Sebastian Strangio
Singapore has reimposed a lockdown after a sudden spike in untraceable community transmissions.
India’s Economy Begins to Feel Pandemic Second Wave Pinch
May 12, 2021

India’s Economy Begins to Feel Pandemic Second Wave Pinch

By Prachi Priya
Just as the Indian economy was beginning to show signs of recovery following last year’s disastrous downturn, a second COVID-19 wave could undo the gains.

How Jokowi Solved Indonesia’s Toll Road Dilemma. Sort Of.
May 11, 2021

How Jokowi Solved Indonesia’s Toll Road Dilemma. Sort Of.

By James Guild
In breaking through old bottlenecks, Indonesia's president has blurred the lines between the state and private enterprise.
COVID-19 Drives Uptake of Digital Payment Systems
May 10, 2021

COVID-19 Drives Uptake of Digital Payment Systems

By Sebastian Strangio
The pandemic has accelerated the region's existing embrace of mobile payment apps and other digital technologies.

Chinese Subsidies: A Threat to US Competitiveness?
May 08, 2021

Chinese Subsidies: A Threat to US Competitiveness?

By Sara Hsu
Are Chinese subsidies to firms in strategic sectors a threat to the competitiveness of U.S. companies?

As China Ditches High Growth, the World Must Adjust
May 04, 2021

As China Ditches High Growth, the World Must Adjust

By Michael Hirson, Tsveta Petrova, and Rickard Nyman
Observers of China’s economy need to become more sophisticated in their understanding Beijing’s evolving and competing policy priorities as growth targets fall out of favor.

Vietnam Looks To Go Big on Transport Infrastructure
May 04, 2021

Vietnam Looks To Go Big on Transport Infrastructure

By James Guild
Investment in infrastructure is vital if Vietnam is to remain on the path to eventual high-income status.
Facing $11B Tax Bill, Samsung Heirs Donate Massive Art Trove
April 29, 2021

Facing $11B Tax Bill, Samsung Heirs Donate Massive Art Trove

By Kim Tong-hyung
The family plans to donate 23,000 art pieces from Lee's personal collection to two state-run museums.

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